AREA OF INFLUENCE - HEALTH

Health is foundational to living life to its fullest. Improving the health of residents and supporting healthy choices is at the core of Building Better Health in the San Diego region so that residents can thrive. Live Well San Diego Recognized Partners provide services and host activities that support and promote wellness and a better quality of life for all individuals and families. Partners are helping residents live life to the fullest and be healthy at any age, often bringing multiple generations together to improve outcomes.

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PARTNERS BY THE NUMBERS

LOCAL COMMUNITIES

COMING TOGETHER

IMPROVING HEALTH

SERVICES & EDUCATION

HEALTHY MINDS

FOR BETTER LIVING

WELLNESS ACROSS

THE LIFESPAN

 Association Alert Day, a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  The CLUB Walk Mall-walking program offered by Paradise Valley Hospital provided an opportunity for community members to get out and exercise in a safe environment at their own pace and at no cost. The program is now in its 27th year and on average, more than 200 people participate in each program session.

 

Sirius Fitness hosted a special “Dance It Out” master class to help residents get active and live a healthier lifestyle.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES COMING TOGETHER

Local community organizations are coming together to improve the health of all San Diego residents and supporting healthy choices through outreach, programs and services. The Retired Employees of San Diego County held its Annual Health Fair and Picnic, which provided information and resources to members in the healthcare, social service, workforce development and County government sectors. At the Health Fair and Back-to- School Celebration hosted by San Diego Black Nurses Association, San Diego residents received free health screenings, vaccinations, and educational health materials. Dozens of families participated in Neighborhood House Association’s Let’s Move Olympics to help families get active and set goals that everyone in the family could accomplish together.  And North County Health Services collaborated with community partners to host several health fairs throughout north county.

 

Other organizations have launched specific programs to address health challenges. Be There San Diego rolled out the Southeastern San Diego Cardiac Disparities Project – a three year project to reduce cardiovascular disease in the African American community.

 

Project Concern International led the Healthy Start Project to eliminate disparities in perinatal health in low-income communities and improve access to perinatal care among women before, during and after pregnancy. They also launched Project ALCANCE, which aims to increase clinical and community linkages for chronic disease prevention among Latina women in City Heights, Sherman Heights, Logan Heights and National City.

 

To help support individuals with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and their families, the team at Alzheimer’s San Diego offered a weekly Movement & Motion class to encourage healthy movement and activity. The class provided a space to stay physically fit and for families to connect with others who are facing similar challenges.

 

Southern Caregiver Resource Center hosted the first caregiver conference specifically designed for Latino family caregivers. Their programs have reached 8,783 individuals, provided 8,086 hours of respite care to family caregivers, and provided 10,444 hours of counseling, assessments, case management and support groups.

 

To inspire residents to lead healthier lives, the American Diabetes Association took part in the American Diabetes

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

Neighborhood House Association

Be There San Diego

Southern Caregiver Resource Center

Sirius Fitness

IMPROVING HEALTH SERVICES AND EDUCATION

Live Well San Diego partners are helping improve the delivery of health services so San Diegans can receive the help they need. 2-1-1 San Diego collaborated with non-profit organizations to assist community members in renewing their Medi-Cal coverage and accessing additional assistance. Susan G. Komen San Diego invested $1.1 million in community grants and international breast cancer research, funding ten programs in San Diego County to provide free breast health services. San Ysidro Health Center was awarded federal Health Services and Administration Resources New Access Point grant funds to open up a new clinic in National City. And San Diego Blood Bank celebrated the 150th gallon of blood donated by a local blood donor, which will supply blood to patients in need.

 

For over 20 years, the Legal Aid Society of San Diego has been helping residents access the services and coverages they need, and to overcome any barriers blocking that access. Assistance includes help with enrollments, denial of services, accessing medications, and payment of premiums.  In support of family health, the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition received the 2016 Golden Nugget Award for their efforts in providing the necessary education and resources for mothers and infants who may be at high risk of breastfeeding failure.  San Diego Health Connect welcomed the expanded

San Diego Blood Bank

participation of two large healthcare organizations into the health information exchange they coordinate. This resulted in more than one million San Diegans being added to a network that enables healthcare providers to quickly and securely share and access patient records to provide care more efficiently.

"Over the years we have found that when people call in for food assistance, they also have housing needs, health needs, and other things going on in their lives. Once we have them on the phone, it is a great opportunity for us to listen to their situations and offer them things they wouldn’t even know existed had they not called.”

 

– John Ohanian, President and CEO,  2-1-1 San Diego

IN SUPPORT OF HEALTHY HEARTS

Love Your Heart is an annual, one-day event during which partner organizations join the County of San Diego to provide free blood pressure screenings to the public at select sites throughout the San Diego region and Mexico. This year’s Love Your Heart event took place on February 11, 2016 and was a resounding success, with over 90 organizations and more than 150 screening sites coming together to raise heart health awareness and inspire more than 30,000 individuals to “Join the Heart Health Movement.”

 

On the Love Your Heart event day, San Diego City College nursing students, faculty and staff gathered on campus to offer free blood pressure screenings to students and teachers passing by. City of San Diego employees took the time to stop and know their numbers and many people going to the YMCA of San Diego County received a free blood pressure on their way to and from fitness classes. Nursing students from San Diego State University expressed that they enjoyed participating in Love Your Heart because it allowed them to educate San Diegans on how to live a healthy life.

 

In conjunction with Love Your Heart, the American Heart Association participated in National Go Red for Women Day - a special day to wear red and raise awareness of the number one killer in women (heart disease), and to inspire women to make lifestyle changes.

City of San Diego

Taken together, these efforts resulted in the County of San Diego and community partners being honored by the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) with a 2016 HOAC Communications Award in the category of “Most Impactful Campaign in a Large Jurisdiction” for the Love Your Heart campaign.

“It’s been a great experience screening so many people who have never had their blood pressure checked. Love Your Heart gives us the opportunity to educate people on how to prevent high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. I really enjoyed helping people in this way.”

 

– Shane Frazier, Nursing Student, San Diego State University

HEALTHY MINDS FOR BETTER LIVING

Mental health plays an important part in quality of life, and partners are helping residents live life to the fullest through their services. The Fellowship Center developed a Recovery Coach Program designed to help individuals in recovery improve their health and wellness, as well as reach their full potential after they have completed a treatment program and their addiction is in remission. In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego created a free mobile app to help families and friends navigate a mental health crisis. The app, called Organized Support Companion in an Emergency Situation (OsCER), is designed to help individuals locate emergency services, options and resources available in San Diego County during a mental health crisis.

 

This year, Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) teamed up with local community organizations to host a Youth Advocacy Leadership Event to help youth understand their own power to affect change, encourage them to challenge themselves, and help them overcome any mental barriers to becoming leaders.

Anthem Blue Cross with San Diego OASIS

WELLNESS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

Partners are helping residents be healthy and live well at every age, and they are coordinating programs for youth and aging populations alike. Bringing multiple generations together, the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District Child Development Center served as a site for the Five & Fit program, where older adults assist children and their families toward improved nutrition and enhanced physical activity to prevent childhood obesity.

 

Anthem Blue Cross is fighting childhood obesity with their foundation partner San Diego OASIS through their CATCH Healthy Habits program, which brings together adult volunteers and children in kindergarten through fifth grade to encourage healthier eating and increase physical activity. With the growing understanding of the link between hunger and health, Feeding San Diego has developed strategic partnerships with healthcare providers to provide healthy food to those being discharged from the hospital. The San Diego Center for the Blind served over 600 San Diego residents with blindness or vision impairment by offering counseling, training, community education, outreach programs and more.

San Diego OASIS

In service to San Diegans as they mature into later life, Family Health Centers of San Diego launched a new Senior Services program to provide comprehensive, wrap-around services to care for individuals 55 and above. Moreover, the City of Chula Vista’s Recreation Department served over 150 seniors through its “Senior Health and Nutrition” program at Norman Park Senior Center.

Feeding San Diego

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SOCIAL

Click on the tabs below to learn more about partner success stories under each topic.

KNOWLEDGE

LOCAL

COMMUNITIES

COMING TOGETHER

IMPROVING

HEALTH SERVICES

& EDUCATION

HEALTHY MINDS

FOR

BETTER LIVING

WELLNESS

ACROSS

THE LIFESPAN

LOCAL COMMUNITIES COMING TOGETHER

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

Neighborhood House Association

Local community organizations are coming together to improve the health of all San Diego residents and supporting healthy choices through outreach, programs and services. The Retired Employees of San Diego County held its Annual Health Fair and Picnic, which provided information and resources to members in the healthcare, social service, workforce development and County government sectors. At the Health Fair and Back-to- School Celebration hosted by San Diego Black Nurses Association, San Diego residents received free health screenings, vaccinations, and educational health materials. Dozens of families participated in Neighborhood House Association’s Let’s Move Olympics to help families get active and set goals that everyone in the family could accomplish together.  And North County Health Services collaborated with community partners to host several health fairs throughout north county.

 

Other organizations have launched specific programs to address health challenges. Be There San Diego rolled out the Southeastern San Diego Cardiac Disparities Project – a three year project to reduce cardiovascular disease in the African American community.

Be There San Diego

Project Concern International led the Healthy Start Project to eliminate disparities in perinatal health in low-income communities and improve access to perinatal care among women before, during and after pregnancy. They also launched Project ALCANCE, which aims to increase clinical and community linkages for chronic disease prevention among Latina women in City Heights, Sherman Heights, Logan Heights and National City.

 

To help support individuals with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and their families, the team at Alzheimer’s San Diego offered a weekly Movement & Motion class to encourage healthy movement and activity. The class provided a space to stay physically fit and for families to connect with others who are facing similar challenges.

 

Southern Caregiver Resource Center hosted the first caregiver conference specifically designed for Latino family caregivers. Their programs have reached 8,783 individuals, provided 8,086 hours of respite care to family caregivers, and provided 10,444 hours of counseling, assessments, case management and support groups.

Southern Caregiver Resource Center

To inspire residents to lead healthier lives, the American Diabetes Association took part in the American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  The CLUB Walk Mall-walking program offered by Paradise Valley Hospital provided an opportunity for community members to get out and exercise in a safe environment at their own pace and at no cost. The program is now in its 27th year and on average, more than 200 people participate in each program session.

 

Sirius Fitness hosted a special “Dance It Out” master class to help residents get active and live a healthier lifestyle.

Sirius Fitness

IMPROVING HEALTH SERVICES AND EDUCATION

Live Well San Diego partners are helping improve the delivery of health services so San Diegans can receive the help they need. 2-1-1 San Diego collaborated with non-profit organizations to assist community members in renewing their Medi-Cal coverage and accessing additional assistance. Susan G. Komen San Diego invested $1.1 million in community grants and international breast cancer research, funding ten programs in San Diego County to provide free breast health services. San Ysidro Health Center was awarded federal Health Services and Administration Resources New Access Point grant funds to open up a new clinic in National City. And San Diego Blood Bank celebrated the 150th gallon of blood donated by a local blood donor, which will supply blood to patients in need.

San Diego Blood Bank

"Over the years we have found that when people call in for food assistance, they also have housing needs, health needs, and other things going on in their lives. Once we have them on the phone, it is a great opportunity for us to listen to their situations and offer them things they wouldn’t even know existed had they not called.”

 

– John Ohanian, President and CEO, 2-1-1 San Diego

For over 20 years, the Legal Aid Society of San Diego has been helping residents access the services and coverages they need, and to overcome any barriers blocking that access. Assistance includes help with enrollments, denial of services, accessing medications, and payment of premiums.  In support of family health, the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition received the 2016 Golden Nugget Award for their efforts in providing the necessary education and resources for mothers and infants who may be at high risk of breastfeeding failure.  San Diego Health Connect welcomed the expanded participation of two large healthcare organizations into the health information exchange they coordinate. This resulted in more than one million San Diegans being added to a network that enables healthcare providers to quickly and securely share and access patient records to provide care more efficiently.

IN SUPPORT OF HEALTHY HEARTS

City of San Diego

Love Your Heart is an annual, one-day event during which partner organizations join the County of San Diego to provide free blood pressure screenings to the public at select sites throughout the San Diego region and Mexico. This year’s Love Your Heart event took place on February 11, 2016 and was a resounding success, with over 90 organizations and more than 150 screening sites coming together to raise heart health awareness and inspire more than 30,000 individuals to “Join the Heart Health Movement.”

 

“It’s been a great experience screening so many people who have never had their blood pressure checked. Love Your Heart gives us the opportunity to educate people on how to prevent high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. I really enjoyed helping people in this way.”

 

– Shane Frazier, Nursing Student, San Diego State University

 

HEALTHY MINDS FOR BETTER LIVING

Anthem Blue cross with San Diego Oasis

Mental health plays an important part in quality of life, and partners are helping residents live life to the fullest through their services. The Fellowship Center developed a Recovery Coach Program designed to help individuals in recovery improve their health and wellness, as well as reach their full potential after they have completed a treatment program and their addiction is in remission. In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego created a free mobile app to help families and friends navigate a mental health crisis. The app, called Organized Support Companion in an Emergency Situation (OsCER), is designed to help individuals locate emergency services, options and resources available in San Diego County during a mental health crisis.

 

This year, Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) teamed up with local community organizations to host a Youth Advocacy Leadership Event to help youth understand their own power to affect change, encourage them to challenge themselves, and help them overcome any mental barriers to becoming leaders.

WELLNESS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

San Diego OASIS

Partners are helping residents be healthy and live well at every age, and they are coordinating programs for youth and aging populations alike. Bringing multiple generations together, the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District Child Development Center served as a site for the Five & Fit program, where older adults assist children and their families toward improved nutrition and enhanced physical activity to prevent childhood obesity.

 

Anthem Blue Cross is fighting childhood obesity with their foundation partner San Diego OASIS through their CATCH Healthy Habits program, which brings together adult volunteers and children in kindergarten through fifth grade to encourage healthier eating and increase physical activity. With the growing understanding of the link between hunger and health, Feeding San Diego has developed strategic partnerships with healthcare providers to provide healthy food to those being discharged from the hospital. The San Diego Center for the Blind served over 600 San Diego residents with blindness or vision impairment by offering counseling, training, community education, outreach programs and more.

Feeding San Diego

In service to San Diegans as they mature into later life, Family Health Centers of San Diego launched a new Senior Services program to provide comprehensive, wrap-around services to care for individuals 55 and above. Moreover, the City of Chula Vista’s Recreation Department served over 150 seniors through its “Senior Health and Nutrition” program at Norman Park Senior Center.